Torshavn, Faroe Islands Cruise Port

Within the Kingdom of Denmark between Scotland and Iceland is the charming cruise port of Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. Also called Thorshavn in Dutch, the town gets its name from Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The town is located on Streymoy, the largest and most populated of the Faroe Islands, and is also the capital; this was actually established early on by the Vikings who settled here and created a parliament around the year 850 (although Celtic monks were in Tórshavn even earlier). Partially consisting of a narrow peninsula that extends into the sea, Tórshavn proved to be a great trading port. At one point, it was the only place where island residents were legally allowed to buy and sell goods until free trade came to the islands in 1856. With such a long and fascinating history, here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Tórshavn, Faroe Islands:
 
  • The historical center of the city is called Tinganes, where you'll find turf-roofed cottages and red stone and timber buildings. Either go on your own or take the guided tour for a more in-depth explanation of the buildings and architecture.
     
  • The Nordic House is the main cultural institution on the islands; its goal is to support and promote Nordic and Faroese culture. The facility hosts conferences and concerts, and offers tours inside – although it's worth the visit to sit outside and enjoy the view.
     
  • The picturesque Tórshavn Cathedral (also called Havnar Kirkja) was established in 1788 and is the second oldest received church in the islands. Its distinctive feature is the clock tower that peeks out above a row of old wharf buildings; don't forget to check out the old tombstones on the church grounds.
     
  • One of the largest parks in the Faroe Islands, Viðarlundin (which means "the small forest" in Dutch) is a lush, unique area within the islands with very little trees. It's a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the view. The art gallery called Listasavn Føroya is also nearby.

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